What is the Story Behind Charleston Green? - Page 2

Charleston Green

Our fair and Holy City of Charleston, South Carolina, is painted with dabs and dots of a single signature color, which is commonly referred to as Charleston Green. It's a color that could dress up the shabbiest Charleston single house, and aggrandize the smallest freedman's cottage.

A green so dark it appears black, it lends an air of subtle chameleon mystery to streets with light streaming through moss draped trees. The color changes as you move and elevates what might have been a simple flat black to a rich and dignified tone.

The History Behind Charleston Green

Charleston Green lends a formal sensibility, but the purported history is more rebellious. The origin of the color is contested, but the story goes that after the American Civil War, the Union sent buckets of plain black government-issued paint down to Charleston to gloss over what war had done to the city. But Charlestonians, less than impressed with boring black, added yellow and blue (or green, depending on the source) to make the deep forest green now named for the city where it originated. 

How to Use Charleston Green on Your Home

If you're strolling Downtown Charleston on the brick, pavement, or cobblestone streets, you'll notice the hue applied to front doors, window shutters, Italianate trim and even balustrades. There's no right or wrong way to use Charleston Green, but do remember that direct sunlight will heat the dark color and could cause it to bubble, or even be hot to the touch—a danger those moss draped trees can alleviate, since the Charleston housing market is quite hot enough on its own.

This deepest-deep green hue can be used in a variety of different exterior color schemes. The most classic is off-white with Charleston Green shutters and doors. Green shutters can compliment a lighter green home, a yellow home, or even a pink one.

If you'd like to add a touch of black-tie class, but don't want to darken your overall palette, try painting just the front door, or brushing the window sashes with Charleston Green while the casing remains white. Some homes paint only their front steps in the color. Window boxes are a nice place to add a deep green to bring out the green leaves and flowers and provide a visual anchor to the shape of the windows. Think of them as the strong brows on the face of your home.

You can also pull the color inside by using it on an interior staircase or in a study. Give a high-style makeover to a small half bath with a stunning high gloss enamel finish or treat a mantle to a stroke of dark green.

While the color chip is readily available from Historic Charleston Foundation's collection at your nearest Sherwin-Williams, you could also mix your own using a local recipe:

DIY: Charleston Green Recipe

10 ounces black paint

4 ounces green paint

½ ounce yellow paint 

Now that you know what to look for, the next time you're walking South of Broad , you'll more easily spot the difference between a true black hue and the trademark tint that we call Charleston Green. 

Looking for something different? See below for current listings downtown Charleston!

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71 Photos 48 South Battery Charleston, SC 29401

48 South Battery
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20031569 / Active
5 br, 5 ba, 1 Half Bath, 6000 Sqft

The James Macbeth House, c. 1846, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Charleston. Steeped in history, including a visit ... 

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$4,400,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
45 Photos 3 Chisolm Street UNIT #205 Charleston, SC 29401

3 Chisolm Street UNIT #205
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20031500 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1288 Sqft

A wonderful light filled space with oversized windows overlooking the park. Perfect for entertaining with an open floor plan. Chef's kitchen open... 

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$795,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
25 Photos 46 Aiken Street Charleston, SC 29403

46 Aiken Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 20031452 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1770 Sqft

Located just a stone's throw from Charleston's world-class dining and shopping, this elevated newer construction home combines a perfect blend of m... 

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$595,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
26 Photos 3 Savage Street Charleston, SC 29401

3 Savage Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20031438 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1096 Sqft

This charming and colorful 2 bed,1.5 bath carriage house is located South of Broad, nestled away on delightful Savage Street. It is move-in ready a... 

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$775,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
53 Photos 61 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

61 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20031423 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 2 Half Bath, 4465 Sqft

The Motte Harvey House is located in the heart of Charleston's exclusive South of Broad neighborhood. This Pre-Revolutionary home, c 1731, is one o... 

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$3,395,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
31 Photos 5 Jasper Street Charleston, SC 29403

5 Jasper Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 20031358 / Active
5 br, 2 ba, 1640 Sqft

Charming home located in Historic Downtown Charleston is now available! This 5 Bed/2 Bath home is located in the heart of town, with close proximit... 

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$575,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
28 Photos 59 1/2 S Battery Street Charleston, SC 29401

59 1/2 S Battery Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20031311 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1980 Sqft

Tucked away from the street, this elevated townhome offers the best of South of Broad living with privacy and elegance. Down the driveway, a classi... 

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$1,700,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
26 Photos 263 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

263 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 20031247 / Active
6 br, 4 ba, 2880 Sqft

The sale of 263 Rutledge includes two buildings. The front building has five bedrooms, was built in 1890 and offers classic Charleston charm in the... 

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$951,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
22 Photos 111 America Street UNIT A&B Charleston, SC 29403

111 America Street UNIT A&B
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 20031239 / Active
8 br, 6 ba, 2 Half Bath, 4800 Sqft

Excellent investment potential as two buildings are included in this sale, 111 America A and B, both built in 2014! These properties were built to ... 

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$1,200,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
17 Photos 109 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

109 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 20031229 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 2 Half Bath, 1911 Sqft

Here is your opportunity to live affordably in the heart of downtown Charleston. This end unit town house is located half way between King and Lega... 

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$675,000
Provided courtesy of NV Realty Group
93 Photos 57 Society Street Charleston, SC 29401

57 Society Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 20030956 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3900 Sqft

** BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED CHARLESTON SINGLE DOWNTOWN WITH DUAL MASTERS AND A STUNNING OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING SPACE ** Welcome to the William McElheran ... 

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$3,395,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
31 Photos 7 Sheppard Street Charleston, SC 29403

7 Sheppard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 20030895 / Active
6 br, 2 ba, 1832 Sqft

DUPLEX. GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY just a short walk to upper King Street, Courier Square, and the Cigar Factory. Perfect chance to earn rental i... 

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$515,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston Real Estate Group
41 Photos 7 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29401

7 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 20030855 / Active Contingent
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3020 Sqft

Lovely Harleston Village 1940's ''Four by Four'' constructed home situated on a large .24 acre lot convenient to all downtown amenities and steps t... 

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$1,485,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
33 Photos 10 Bedons Alley Charleston, SC 29401

10 Bedons Alley
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20030784 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 2 Half Bath, 2687 Sqft

Tucked away on one of Charleston's favorite alleys, this 1780's home is filled with charm, history, and a flexible floor plan. A light filled front... 

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$2,495,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
41 Photos 35 1/2 Chapel Street Charleston, SC 29403

35 1/2 Chapel Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 20030780 / Active Contingent
2 br, 2 ba, 1330 Sqft

Charming, private, stylish: This restored 1920's cottage is a pure delight. Tucked off of Chapel Street in historic Mazyck-Wraggborough, this two b... 

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$769,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
56 Photos 22 Lamboll Street UNIT 1/2 Charleston, SC 29401

22 Lamboll Street UNIT 1/2
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20030708 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1466 Sqft

This immaculate and original 1820 kitchen house is a perfectly placed pied-a-terre. The main level has both original cooking fireplaces, restored ... 

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$1,450,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
35 Photos 266 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

266 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 20030664 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1337 Sqft

$20,000 PRICE IMPROVEMENT. This downtown, truly one-of-a -kind historic home with off street parking for 2 vehicles is a must see. Now priced at $... 

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$630,000
Reduced -$20,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group
30 Photos 109 E Bay Street UNIT 2b Charleston, SC 29401

109 E Bay Street UNIT 2b
Charleston, SC 29401
Printers Row
Residential

MLS# 20030624 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1451 Sqft

Gorgeous 2nd floor loft from 1909 in prime South of Broad location! Located in the historic Printers Row building, this unit has been beautifully u... 

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$919,900
Reduced -$100
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
40 Photos 79 Society Street UNIT C Charleston, SC 29401

79 Society Street UNIT C
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 20030658 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1316 Sqft

Look no further for the perfect spot in Historic Charleston! This elegantly appointed spacious 2 bedroom flat on coveted Society Street is conveni... 

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$535,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate
42 Photos 51 Bogard Street Charleston, SC 29403

51 Bogard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 20030652 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1400 Sqft

51 Bogard St - It's a historic gem, a vernacular masterpiece, high functioning, energy efficient and low maintenance. An extraordinary house from ... 

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$799,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
31 Photos 3 Chisolm Street UNIT #204 Charleston, SC 29401

3 Chisolm Street UNIT #204
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20030469 / Active Contingent
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1602 Sqft

South of Broad, glamorous and chic. Total recent renovation under the guidance of A Handegan Design. The perfect backdrop for art and design with o... 

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$1,395,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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